Four Generations and Counting

When Alyssa Smith, graduated from Michigan Tech with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering in December of 2015, she did more than receive a diploma. She wrote the latest chapter in a family history that began nearly 90 years ago.

Smith is the latest member of her family to attend Michigan Tech, an odyssey spanning four generations. She is also the third generation of female Tech graduates. Alyssa earned her undergraduate degree in 2014 and her older brother Kealy received a degree in computer and electrical engineering last spring.

The sibling’s family journey began in 1927, when their great-grandfather, Paul Edgar Young, left the University of Toronto and came to Houghton to attend the Michigan College of Mines. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and won three varsity letters in basketball, his final year playing for legendary Tech coach Don Sherman. He also was a member of Theta Tau fraternity.

In those days before the Great Depression, Paul Young began an educational tradition that his son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several in-laws would follow.

Young’s son, Michael, attended Tech from 1961 to 1965 and, like his father before him, majored in mining engineering. Young was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Gamma Epsilon and Blue Key. He was also a member of Sigma Rho fraternity and remembers causing a stir during the 1963 Winter Carnival.

“In those days Sig Rho built their statues where the Rozsa Center now stands, next to what was Sherman Gym,” Michael Young said. “The theme was ‘Bygone Buffoonery,’ and we caused quite a controversy on campus by creating a pregnant Statue of Liberty.”

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Shuttle Service Adds Stop

In order to accommodate summer PE courses, as well as offer students and staff the opportunity to use the University shuttle to the Portage Lake Golf Course, Transportation Services has added a stop at the PLGC for the summer.

For details, see the updated schedule.

We hope you enjoy the expanded shuttle service.

Summer Advising Information Available

The Academic Advising list for summer is available on the Registrar's Office website.

Contact information for academic advisors and prospective student meetings is listed by department and can be viewed on the Student Advising page.

Iranian Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

An American classic with an Iranian twist is being served at today's Khana Khazana in the food trailer in the MUB Circle. 

Bandari is made from local hotdogs, onions, pickles, parsley and tomatoes for extra flavor. It is served with homemade lemonade made with fresh lime and lemon juice. Cost of the full meal is $5 and includes a fountain drink. 

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Like our Facebook page.

Summertime Scheduling

Students are gone, the year has quieted down and there is so much work to be done. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. By setting up personal kanbans (visual notifications) for small tasks that you need to complete throughout the day, week or summer you can stay organized, complete your work in a timely fashion and have more daylight to spend at the beach. Here in the Office of Continuous Improvement we use kanbans daily to visualize not only tasks, but roadblocks, time management and the progressive work we do on projects. When all of the work is out in the open it is easier to hold yourself and others accountable — making a more efficient and effective workplace.

To learn more about Lean and continuous improvement, check out the Office of Continuous Improvement webpage or contact us at 7-3180 or


May First Friday Social at First Merit Bank Building

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join the Office of Advancement for the May First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m. today (May 6) on the sixth floor of the First Merit Bank Building in Hancock. Come and enjoy the great view and camaraderie, along with complimentary beverages and appetizers.

The Office of Advancement will provide shuttle service to the First Merit Bank Building. To view the schedule, check out the original Tech Today story.


Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for summer 2016 Safe Place training. If you have not gone through the training before or if it has been a while since you have done so, consider registering as the training has been revamped and updated with current terminology, new activities and a video of Michigan Tech students talking about their experience being LGBT on campus. 

For times and dates of trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the site.

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Parking Spaces to be Painted

Transportation Services is currently painting the parking space lines around campus. Be prepared for partial lot closures to allow the painting to be completed. If you should arrive in a partially painted parking lot, utilize any available freshly painted parking spaces that are not within a barricaded area so that the painting crew can access the unpainted areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any questions contact Transportation Services at 7-1441.

In Print

Haiying Liu (Chem) and graduate student Jingtuo Zhang are among the authors of the paper "Electrochemical and Spectroscopic Properties of Boron Dipyrromethene−Thiophene−Triphenylamine-Based Dyes for DyeSensitized Solar Cells" in Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

In the News

News coverage of the Isle Royale Winter Study included articles in ScienceWashington Times, the Times Herald, Net News Ledger.

The Associated Press (AP) story made the article available to news media around the country.  

Regional reporting included stories by Michigan Public Radio, Duluth News TribuneStar Tribune, MLiveTech Century and Lake Superior Magazine.

Additional coverage included a number of science blogs and aggregator sites.


News coverage of Sarah Green's (Chem) research about documenting consensus on human-caused climate change among climate experts included articles in International Business Times, Independent, Daily Kos and Yahoo News. 

The story was also picked up by a number of science blogs and aggregator websites around the world — more than 20 —including Archaeology news Network, e! science news,, Science Newsline, Science 2.0 and Environment Guru.


Nature, an internationally recognized science journal, published an article about university tech transfer that named Michigan Tech as one of the universities that is doing it right. See the article here